John Howard Society of Ontario


Business Number: 118975101RR0002

Our Mission

Effective, just, and humane responses to crime and its causes.

About John Howard Society of Ontario

Since 1929, the John Howard Society has been dedicated to a truly effective criminal justice system, one that fosters genuinely safer communities. We help achieve that goal in a variety of ways and with a suite of programs and activities that we operate on a community-by-community basis. For example, we provide programs that focus on crime prevention, work with youth and adults at-risk of becoming involved or are involved with the justice system, reintegration services as well as restorative justice. Research and policy as well as program development and evaluation have been an integral part of our work, having founded our Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development in 2003. The Centre is the only organization of its kind in Ontario; it facilitates interdisciplinary innovation by combining partnerships with front-line service providers AND academically qualified researchers and analysts.

Each research project promotes evidence-based responses to crime and enhances services that help people thrive. Past projects include: bail, mental health, pretrial detention, unemployment, police records, homelessness and reintegration. Our non-partisan research is made readily accessible through our public education work, and has tangible impacts on policy-making in Ontario. Your support is not only greatly appreciated, it is essential to the continuation of our work which is making communities safer and healthier.

What People Are Saying

"The research conducted at JHSO’s Centre of Research, Policy & Program Development is invaluable because it is focused on pressing and current issues relating to crime and the system, and ultimately contributes to evidence-based policy, practice and public education.”"

— Dr. Voula Marinos, Research Ethics Board Chair

"I think people get caught in the criminal justice system for many reasons...I feel strongly that they need to be given the support and opportunity to change their circumstances. The John Howard Society provides necessary services so people can improve their lives.”"

— Supporter for the past 23 years

"The Centre’s research provides a vital connection between different communities – academics, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers –and provides important, and timely, research findings improving responses to justice-involved individuals and communities."

— Dr. Kim Varma, Research Ethics Board Member

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